Travel news: Tourists misbehave in Italy and drought reveals lost ruins in UK and Spain

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(CNN) — In travel news this week: Ongoing drought has revealed lost ruins in the UK and Spain. Easter Island and Napoleon’s Atlantic exile of Saint Helena have finally reopened to visitors. And there’s more bad driving in Italy, as tourists surf Venice’s Grand Canal and ride scooters through Pompeii.

Extreme weather conditions

Countries around the world have experienced severe drought and the situation has become so severe in Europe that many of its rivers and lakes are drying up. Here’s how it could hurt tourism in the region, now and in the years to come.
In the UK, the ruins of a Welsh village submerged by a reservoir in the 19th century have been revealed. And in Spain, a megalithic stone circle dubbed “the Spanish Stonehenge” has emerged from a depleted reservoir in the province of Cáceres.

Islands drop Covid rules

Some of the most remote islands in the world are welcoming tourists for the first time since Covid hit the map.

Rapa Nui, better known as Easter Island, has reopened with new requirements for tourists. The return of tourism to the island famed for its towering stone statues could mean new worries for islanders who worried about misbehaved tourists even before the pandemic halted travel.
Saint Helena, in the middle of the Atlantic, dropped its Covid requirements this month, and weekly flights are expected to resume in October, according to its tourist site. Saint Helena is so remote that it was chosen as Napoleon’s place of exile after his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Five years ago it had its very first airport.
The two-island Caribbean nation of St Kitts and Nevis has been open to visitors for some time, but on August 15 it dropped all of its Covid entry restrictions. Here is a guide to St. Kitts and what you need to know about Nevis.

naughty by nature

And in the southern coastal town of Sorrento, the mayor has had enough of under-dressed visitors taking their beach clothes to the streets: he has introduced a fine for bare torsos and swimsuits.

News Africa

And on the Botswana-Zambia border, the $260 million Kazungula Bridge – opened in May 2021 – has transformed what was previously a slow and congested river crossing.
Home rental giant Airbnb has transformed the travel industry but has yet to break into Africa, perhaps because Airbnb does not allow mobile money, which is an increasingly popular money transfer system on the continent. A Cameroonian startup called Bongalo, backed by Google, hopes to make the most of this market gap.

Australia’s deepest cave

A group of Australian explorers recently discovered the “Delta Variant”, a 401 meter deep cave in Tasmania.

Explorers recently discovered Australia’s deepest known cave, a 401-meter-deep (1,315-foot) cave in Tasmania. They called the epic new find the Delta variant.

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Airport lounges

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